A new year, a new set of WWE bold predictions. Below are my 5 predictions from 2017:
Out of all my bold predictions I am shocked that Andrade “Cien” Almas winning NXT gold actually happened. I have been a big fan of Almas since his NXT debut but I didn’t see him winning the NXT Championship. I figured he would be positioned as a midcard champ but was ecstatic when Almas defeated McIntyre at NXT TakeOver: WarGames. I don’t expect him to hold the title long but his pairing with Zelina Vega has been gold.
Tye Dillinger got called up but he has been barely used. I didn’t fear this would happen because I was 100% certain they would turn this guy into a jobber. Alexander is still stuck in the Cruiserweight division but could win the title in the next few months and Finn Balor had a disappointing 2017.
Braun Strowman had an amazing 2017 and did defeat Roman Reigns on multiple occasions so I would consider that as a big star and is set up for a huge 2018.
A series that hasn’t had an installment in about a year finally returns with my Top 5 Favorite WWE NXT Superstars. Past installments are here on the website (May 2015, October 2015, April 2016, November 2016). The turnover in NXT has been pretty decent with the Superstar Shakeup and call-ups from the beginning of the year. Before the honorable mention if you haven’t seen NXT Takeover Brooklyn III yet, you have to watch it after you read this article. I would say it was the best TakeOver so far with all 5 matches being good to great. NXT keeps showing why it has better wrestling than the main roster so if you want to see incredible in-ring action keep watching NXT.
8/17/2017 0 Comments
This year’s SummerSlam card doesn’t have the same pop that the past installments have due to the lack of exciting matchups. The past shows has featured Brock Lesnar vs. Randy Orton, The Undertaker, and John Cena. I don’t hate that but people wanted to see Brock face younger, developing stars. This year he will face three guys that he has only encountered twice.
Brock Lesnar faced Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 31 in a match that wasn’t hyped to be that good but they contested a good match even before Seth Rollins had cashed in. Last month, Brock faced Samoa Joe at Great Balls of Fire in another good contest so on paper this match should be good. When it comes down to this match and who will or should win I have only one name for you: Braun Strowman. I know some people feel like Samoa Joe should or will win but no one has been more must-see in 2017 than Strowman. Raw was average at best when Strowman was out with his elbow injury but has been must-see since his return.
Going into Sunday night, I had little expectations for the show because the build was lousy and none of the matches were must-see. SmackDown since the Superstar Shake-up has been worse and I think that is what has affected the show quality and the pay-per-views in general.
The show started with a great tag team match between The New Day and The Usos. This match was good start to finish with great nearfalls at the end. I was surprised they did the title change here but I expect a rematch at SummerSlam with a stipulation. These teams have great chemistry and started the night off with a bang.
7/6/2017 0 Comments
I am back on NextEraWrestling.com. My hiatus was about 3 months but with the return of Braun Strowman I needed to come back. Raw and SmackDown respectively have had their handful of good and bad shows but with Raw I had little interest when Braun Strowman left with an injury. Braun was causing havoc and made Raw must-watch to see who he attacked next. Braun suffered an elbow injury in early May and was reported to be out for six months. I was pissed because Braun seemed like he was going to get a main event push and face Brock Lesnar for the title.
When Braun returned I was ecstatic. The whole execution was done well with him coming back “four months early” and destroying his nemesis Roman Reigns. The Ambulance stipulation for Great Balls of Fire is perfect because the narrative this whole time has dealt with the Ambulance which “caused” Braun’s injury. It also protects whoever loses because they won't get pinned or submitted. Even though it technically protects either guy Braun needs to win.
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